In Wake of Van Gogh Trial, Dutch Arrest Bomb Maker
** Bomb Found at Home of 17 Year Old Muslim Arrested in Amsterdam **
Dutch police arrested a young Muslim who has printed extreme Muslim texts on the internet. Authorities found a homemade bomb in his Amsterdam home. The boy is assumed to be part of the same Muslim group as the confessed killer of Theo Van Gogh:
Dutch police arrested a 17-year-old boy at his parents’ house in Amsterdam during an investigation into a terrorist group linked to the murderer of filmmaker Theo van Gogh. Officers found a homemade bomb in the boy’s room.
The boy, who is Dutch and wasn’t identified, was investigated for publishing “extreme Muslim texts” on the Internet, and arrested on July 11, a spokesman for the public prosecutor, Wim de Bruin, said today. He appears in juvenile court tomorrow, when a judge will decide how long he can be held.
The boy was detained by Amsterdam police investigating the Hofstad group – an alleged Islamist militant network.
National prosecutor’s office spokesman Wim de Bruin said the boy was accused of “actions to prepare an attack, terrorist or otherwise”.
The office said in a statement that the device consisted of a tube filled with gun powder, small bullets and a detonation mechanism.
“The investigation is aimed at discovering if he had contact with the Hofstad network,” it added.
More than a dozen suspected members of the network are awaiting trial on terrorism charges.
News agency ANP reported that his parents are of British and Dutch descent. The youth converted to Islam at the age of 14 and quickly became radicalised.